Meet Our Team of Physical Therapists
Sue Creel was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. She attended physical therapy school at the University of North Dakota. After graduation, she worked in an acute care hospital and a private practice setting before opening her own business. She opened Acucare Physical Therapy, LTD on February 5, 1990, realizing the dream of owning her own private practice came from. It’s been a calling she enjoys to this day.
In her spare time, Sue stays active with her children. Her son, Mitchell, and his wife, Yuliya, live in Sioux Falls. Mitchell works as an underwriter for CNA surety, and Yuliya works at Acucare Physical Therapy with Sue. Son, Bridger, lives in Vermillion and is in Med School. Sue has two dogs who keep her company while the boys are out doing their own thing. Sue loves to garden, remodel houses, travel, and spend time in the outdoors.
Sue also teaches at Performance Dynamics, where she instructs other physical therapists how to perform the same Astym technique she has found so much success within her own clinic. She is experienced with Trigger Point Dry Needling and has a subspecialty in pelvic health. Sue loves to think outside of the box when it comes to treatment options for her patients and would love to meet with you to address your healthcare needs.
Sara Panek was born and raised in the Sioux Falls, SD area. Although, she considers herself to have grown up in Tea, SD. She graduated from Tea High School and continued her education at Dakota State University in Madison, SD. After graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, she continued her education at Briar Cliff University where she obtained her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
She was fortunate to have a pretty awesome clinical experience in Charlotte, NC where she was able to solidify her didactic work in the clinical setting. During her time in North Carolina, she loved to take weekend hiking trips with her husband and Siberian Husky. They also loved to take a quick drive to the ocean for a relaxing weekend. To this day, she is very fond of NC and thankful for the experiences she went through there.
When not working, Sara is busy with her two-year-old daughter, McKinley, who keeps her parents on their toes. She loves to spend time outside, exercising, boating/camping in the summer, hunting in the fall, and snowmobiling in the winter. She and her husband have recently taken up gardening and have enjoyed taking on canning. After her experience in North Carolina, she has had a huge travel bug. She’s since made a goal to visit all 50 states (so far she is at 21!). Sara is excited to work with patients of all ages and diagnoses. She believes in holistic care and thinking beyond the injury point, helping her patients return to their optimal quality of life.
Vicki Sievers was born in Sioux Falls, SD. She is married to Mike and they have two grown sons, Jesse and Jacob. Her sons have been active in sports throughout their lives and continue to do so with baseball and softball. Many miles were traveled during the summer baseball season, places such as North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Kansas. The South Dakota interstates and highways were memorized. When Vicki has downtime she likes to read and do counted cross stitch.
Vicki attended Parks College in Denver, CO, and received a degree in Travel & Transportation. She started her career as a Travel Agent in 1983. For the past 37 years, she has remained in the industry as a corporate and leisure agent, an assistant manager, and a travel support agent. As her husband likes to say BC (before children), they traveled to many destinations. Mike’s favorite place is Jamaica and Vicki loves Lake Tahoe. Vicki is not new to Acucare Physical Therapy. She started as a patient here in October 1990. It’s good to be on the other side of the desk!
Yuliya Irons was born in Ukraine, Kharkiv. She has been playing tennis since she was 5 years old, and started playing it professionally when she turned 14. At the age of 18, she received a full-time tennis scholarship to the University of South Dakota as a student-athlete. This prompted her to move to the USA. While studying at USD, Yuliya met her future husband, Mitchell, and graduated with a graphic design degree. She moved to Sioux Falls and worked as a graphic designer before she joined our team.
Yuliya likes to keep herself busy with improving her design skills and building her portfolio. She likes to take trips to Ukraine to see her family. Yuliya has traveled to over 20 countries and loves to explore different cultures. While being in college, Yuliya and Mitchell adopted a cat, Hutch, and later that year they adopted another cat, Kiki. She keeps track of and handles the billing and insurance for Acucare and their patients, and has been involved with marketing as well. She would be more than willing to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have.
Jody Else (in memoriam)
Jody Else was born in Watertown, SD. She and her husband, Jeff, made Sioux Falls their home. Jody was taken from us way too soon. Left to cherish her memory are Katie, their dog, that now keeps Jeff on his toes. Jody and Sue originally worked together in an acute care hospital, and Jody joined Sue at Acucare Physical Therapy, LTD. She was employed there for 15 years until she passed away.
Known as the “schedulator”, Jody served as the right hand to our physical therapists. She greeted and roomed patients, kept our facility clean, tidy, and even made sure the laundry was done! Jody was also one of those people, who, if she did not know the answer she would find it out for you. We miss Jody very much, but could not wish her to be in pain any longer. We now make it our job to make sure Jeff and her grandsons stay out of trouble.